High Noon at Cannes with CST

CST reception

The CST (Commission superieure technique de l’image et du son) supervises the technical details and projection at Cannes. They also host noon time presentations by manufacturers. Today, CST hosted AFFECT (Association des Fabricants Francais d’Equipments Cinematographiques de Tournage.) Ah acronyms. AFFECT is an affiliation of… read more…

ZEISS Museum of Optics


  The ZEISS Museum of Optics is open to the public. It’s a beautiful, new, architecturally crisp, white and bright addition to corporate headquarters in Oberkochen, Germany. 288 km from Frankfurt airport (3 hours’ drive) or 184 km from Munich (2… read more…


Monet Exhibit in Frankfurt


“Monet and the Birth of Impressionism” is an exhibition at Frankfurt’s Staedelmuseum  not to be missed. The show has been  extended to June 28 because of huge attendance. Try to book tickets online. (The website is challenging.) It’s art as a contact… read more…

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Paulette Dumerc at Angénieux

Paulette Dumerc  has been appointed Thales Angénieux VP Sales & Marketing, Cinema/TV.  Pierre Andurand, President and CEO of Thales Angenieux, said, “Paulette will lead the worldwide sales organization of Thales Angénieux, responsible for continuing and developing the company’s momentum in the market. Paulette brings with her over 20 years’ experience in the high-tech and media industries, supporting and developing sales at a worldwide level, with the customers as a priority. Paulette is going to be a valuable addition to our team, and I’m pleased to welcome her on board.” read more…

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NYU VB Cinematography Awards


The Volker Bahnemann Awards for Cinematography are presented each year to an NYU undergraduate and a graduate cinematography student. The award is made possible by generous gifts from ARRI Rental employees and friends. They were presented yesterday evening, May 6, at NYU.

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EasyRig Expands


Johan Hellsten is back in Sweden, working on expanded facilities for his EasyRig factory in Umeå, just south of the arctic circle. Response to the NAB introduction of the new EasyRig Vario 5  at 16×9 Inc has been huge, and they are shipping now.

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Fast: 40mm T0.95 E-mount


Band Pro showed the new 40 mm T0.9 lens from IB-E Optics at NAB.  Klaus Eckerl, Managing Director of IB-E Optics said, “Think of it as a Noctilux style lens for APS-C and Super 35 format.” This is the “video version” of the lens: with geared focus and iris rings. It’s a great companion on Sony’s FS-7 camera with its native E-mount. read more…

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Vive le Film


Reports from around the world show that film is alive and well and living and thriving in Tokyo and Paris. Masa Yasumoto of Sanwa reports 4 motion picture film labs in Tokyo, and “We still rent film cameras… and some customers can shoot cheaper on film than with digital cameras.” Alexander Bscheidl called with exciting news from Vantage Paris about their recent workshop with Kodak and Film Factory: “We shot on film in 16mm and 35mm, spherical and anamorphic. The film was processed at Film Factory while we had lunch, and by 2:30 pm we were looking at dailies and grading shortly after that. It was wonderfully quick.” read more…

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Cooke Annual NAB 2015 Gathering: Anamorphics, Zooms, Rentals, RED 8K


Getting a coveted seat at the annual Cooke NAB dinner requires connections worthy of entry to a restaurant like Rao’s in New York. It also helps to be the owner of a substantial number of Cooke lenses, spherical or anamorphic. In an undisclosed location at a distinguished Las Vegas restaurant, more than 80 prominent rental houses and cinematographers convened to discuss the latest topics and trends and to meet new colleagues. Later in the evening, fueled by a dinner of Jurassic-sized steaks and fine wines, speeches are made on the state of the industry. Here is the edited transcript of Cooke Dinner NAB 2015. read more…

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Regarding RED 20×40


Keep calm and keep all your current lenses. 

RED’s Weapon 8K, introduced at NAB, is an important new camera expected later this year. The good news is that all current cine lenses will fit, will work, and will remain relevant for a long time. The other good news is that most full frame still lenses will also fit. It’s not so much about the 8K. Yes, it’s an 8K camera, but it will also do 4K in Super 35 and Full Frame. What’s important is the sensor size — 21.60 x 40.96 mm. read more…

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Cameras Smaller, Trucks Bigger


Cameras may be getting smaller, but look at the size of these campers, support trucks and craft service village on the streets of New York yesterday.  

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Optical and Digital Filters


Optical and Digital Filters for Cinematography About 60 people attended the New York Section’s April SMPTE meeting at MPE’s Penthouse 45 Suite.  Presentations were given by Ira Tiffen of Schneider Optics on glass filters, by Jena Rappolt-Noyes of The Tiffen Company on  DFXV4… read more…

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Keep it Moving

Michael Jonas, ARRI ALEXA Mini Product Manager

Keep it moving. Here are some smooth moves from ARRI with Alexa Mini. read more…


All Eyes and Ears

All Eyes and Ears

Former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman and Director Vanessa Hope discussed their new documentary “All Eyes and Ears” at the 21 Club yesterday. The film opens at the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday, April 20. Governor Huntsman… read more…


Roger Deakins to be honored at Cannes


Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC will receive the Pierre Angénieux Award at the Cannes Film Festival this May. Thales Angénieux is a Cannes Film Festival Official Partner, and honors a prominent cienmatographer each year. Prvious recipients have been Philippe Rousselot, ASC, AFC and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC,… read more…

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ZEISS Batis FF E-Mount Lenses


ZEISS continues its commitment to Full Frame (FF) 24x36mm Still Format with the introduction of their new Batis 2/25 and Batis 1.8/85 autofocus lenses for Sony’s alpha full-frame E-mount system, which includes the α7 family of cameras. read more…

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Jon’s NAB 2015 Wrap


Gallery of 170 images from my 4 days at NAB, 3 prep days, 3 days of press conferences, 6,000 pounds of Film and Digital Times delivered on 3 skids to 3 Freestanding Publication Bins, to our booth C10106, and to the 70 booths of our sponsors. Thank you Laura Riggs, Cecilia Montano and the staff at NAB, The Freeman Crew who constantly refilled and replenished the bins, and to all our readers, colleagues and companies. Additional reports and comments to follow. read more…


Oli at NAB 2015

CHIMERA Ring Light Photo by Mark Forman

As usual, the best way to start exploring any major motion picture trade shows is to first thoroughly speed-read the latest issue of Film and Digital Times. Obviously lunch and rest will not be a priority for the next few days. NAB is always preceded by conferences, lectures, keynotes, press conferences and seminars. Following the laws of physics, unfortunately one can only be in one place at any given time. Here’s an outline of the highlights of NAB for me. read more…




Is Michael Jonas, ARRI Product Manager, demonstrating the latest gimbal rig for the new featherweight ALEXA Mini? Index finger support, stabilization, ergonomic design. No — but he’s showing how light the new carbon fiber body camera really is.


NAB Day 3


NAB Day 3: Band Pro, Easyrig, ARRI, Canon, Cartoni, Mole Richardson, Vitec, OConnor, Anton/Bauer and many others.